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Day 15: Magical!

Wow, 6:00am and the first alarm went of! Daniëlle and I are awake. 6:30am the next alarm went of, Julia is awake. Alex followed a bit later and as always Emily woke up just before 7:00am.

At exactly 7:30am everyone is where they are supposed to be, in the car! Now it was my job to get us to the Ticket & Transportation Center as quirky as possible. We got to park in Row 208, closer to the entrance as where the tram would bring you nowadays.

We took the boat to the Magic Kingdom from there as we believed it was the quickest option. At 8:15 am we passed the gates and just a couple minutes later we scored our first picture of the day inside the park.

Main Street was still relatively empty and we first went to the Main Street Bakery (a Starbucks). Here we spilt up, Emily and I went to stand in line to meet Mickey Mouse himself, 30 minutes prior to park opening we were 3rd in line. Soon the rest joined us.

After getting our hugs and pictures we left for the first ride of the day, Jungle Cruise. Amazing Skipper, extremely energetic and I believed he pulled out every single joke he could remember. When we excited the ride we directly went in the Magic Carpets of Aladdin as there was no line.

Next up was Big Thunder Mountain, Emily was a bit scared as she didn’t like the long dark tunnel in the Paris-version. But I promised that this one was different, as soon we had the first corner behind us she loved it. As did everyone else.

On to our appointment with Cinderella and Elena (our first FastPass+ of the day), being inside a Kingdom you need to at least try to meet a princess or 2! Fabulous meetings, after the autographs in the books from Julia and Emily and pictures we waived goodbye.

Now Emily wanted to ride Goofy’s Barnstormer, luckily we had a FastPass+ for this one. It’s an epic coaster with a ride length of just 60 seconds and a top speed from 40km/h.

While in line we placed a mobile order for lunch at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe as this was on the way towards our 3rd FastPass+ of the day.

The next FastPass+ was Pirates of the Caribbean, we waited maybe 10 minutes while the regular wait was 70 minutes when we entered. I immediately booked our 4th Fastpass+ for It’s a Small World at 1:15pm.

Before our next FastPass+ was due we stopped at the Hall of Presidents, a sit down attraction. The oldest person in the party actually took the opportunity to rest his eyes a while.

Fully rested we went on to the little cruise around the world, we rocked the boat and many pictures were taken by Julia and Danielle before we set foot on land again.

While Danielle was waiting for the parade and saving a spot for 5 with just herself and a stroller (this is the first day we used it during this vacation) the rest went to the Enchanted Tiki Room. A must do for first-timers, and since Emily barely remembers her first visit here it seems to be a new experience for her too.

Alex & Emily joined Daniëlle soon after but Julia and I were brave enough to stand in line for a must have, the Dole Whip Pineapple Float from Aloha Isle. A delicious treat everyone should try.

3:00pm sharp Disney’s Festival of Fantasy Parade started. The parade was beautiful as always. Julia suddenly screamed when one of the lost boys suddenly came by to ask what the communication device with an apple on it was. Spoiler: An iPhone. Emily waved at every single character she recognized, that’s just about everyone.

After the Parade we went on to Tomorrowland, the only land we had not yet visit. First ride here was the Astro Orbiter, 60 minutes wait according to the App bit 15 minutes in reality. After we left the ride we went on another classic, the Tomorrow Transit Authority People Mover.

Off course we could not forget to visit the Carousel of Progress to put the song in the head of the first timers.

There’s a great big beautiful tomorrow, shining at the end of every day.
There’s a great big beautiful tomorrow, and tomorrow is just a dream away.
Man has a dream, and that’s the start.
He follows his dream with mind and heart.
And when it becomes a reality, its a dream come true for you and me.
So there’s a great big beautiful tomorrow, shining at the end of every day.
There’s a great big beautiful tomorrow, just a dream away.

Emily wanted to drive the cars, the Tomorrowland Speedway to be exact. What a fun ride that is, she bumped her head once in the steering wheel as we bumped into Julia and Daniëlle which made a sudden stop.

At 5:45pm we watched the Move It! Shake it! MousekeDance it! Street party.

By now the crowds where getting lower and the line for the Haunted Mansion got shorter. With just 30 minutes wait we decide to go for it. Very nice ride, our expressions on the ride photos don’t do it justice.

Finally time for our 5th and last FastPass+. For Julia this was a true trip back to her youth as “The Little Mermaid” is her favourite Disney movie. As last ride of the day we went for the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party!

Since it was already 7:20pm when we exited the ride we needed to go find a good spot for the firework show “Happily Ever After”. We found a great place to watch it from right in front of the castle.

The firework show was the clear favourite of today, an absolutely stunning combination of projections, fireworks and music. Somewhere half way during the show Emily fell a sleep in her stroller.

Most people started to leave, we decided to wait a bit to have the crowds clear a bit more before we went towards the Monorail. Suddenly it was announced that there would be another projection show on the castle.

After seeing it, we all agreed the real show was still way better.

Now we decided to leave the park, on the way out Emily woke up. We took the Resort Monorail back to the T&TC from where we drove back to the Airbnb where we arrived around 10:00pm.

Emily went straight to bed, we had a couple drinks and some snacks before we called it a day too.

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Day 14: Monster Oranges!

After a good night of sleep the Airbnb awoke quietly, last to get out of bed was Alex…

Around 9:45am everyone was sitting in the Chevy and I drove carefully to the nearest Krispy Kreme for Doughnuts and coffee!

Next stop was the Showcase of Citrus, something on our to-do-list for a couple visits to Florida. Somehow it never happened until today we thought…until we found out that we needed to reserve a spot for the Monster Truck Tour. We got a reservation for 4:00pm.

The ladies decided to visit the Florida Mall next, big surprise they bought something at the Old Nacy. I got to go the Apple Store to have my iPhone lightning port “fixed”, it just needed to get cleaned in the end.

After that was done we left for a late lunch in “The Loop”, first stop was Chick-Fil-A but the dessert was from Julia’s favourite place the Johnny Rockets!

Or maybe it is not anymore? We waited to be seated for a couple minutes, hearing we were with 5 the server took a deep breath and said you are also with 5… There was nothing available except for the counter or outside we were good with outside. What happened next was almost funny, the table seated minutes after us got their order taken, we need to ask to be able order. Finally our order was taken, the server seems delighted about our choices maybe he even smiled? We waited for about 20 minutes until Alex was the bravest of us all, he went inside to change our order to a to-go order as apparently 50 minutes wasn’t enough to order and serve 5 shakes. Finally our shakes came out, but they forgot the most important one: Emily’s Banana Milkshake. To be honest this was one of the worst experiences we have ever encountered in any restaurant, we decided to leave a tip of just 0,06$. I’m just hoping with the next customer the guy actually puts a smile on to cover their terrible service!

From there I drove to the Showcase of Citrus for our tour. When we arrived everyone except Juli and me (today’s driver) were looking at the world from the inside of their eyes, I decided to take a detour to let them enjoy that moment of piece a little longer.

At exactly 3:30pm I arrived, everyone was awake as well. We checked in for our tour and got us access to the citrus picking areas for after the tour as well. Just before we entered the Monster 4×4 Truck Emily decided to test the concrete with her knees, but don’t worry she got a band-aid and she is fine!

The tour was amazing, we have seen oranges, cows, an alligator, cows, zebras, a Texas longhorn, bison from southeast Asian and cows. Also we got to feed a herd cows with oranges. An amazing experience riding the largest Monster 4×4 in the world.

After the ride Emily and Daniëlle enjoyed the petting zoo and the playground while Juli, Alex and I picked Naval oranges!

The sun was setting and we drove back towards our Airbnb, just before we arrived we stopped at the Rock & Brews for some shareables and drinks.

And now I finished the blog and we all go to bed as tomorrow we are spending the whole day inside the Magic with 2 first-timers!

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